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How should you talk about your record in an interview?

On Behalf of | Jun 23, 2023 | blog, Criminal Defense

After getting out of prison, it can be difficult to establish a new life for yourself and you may face challenges you did not deal with before. One of these challenges may involve finding employment.

According to a study released by the U.S. Department of Justice, of more than 50,000 people released from federal prison in 2010, 33% did not find employment within the four-year period following release. To increase your chances of securing employment after getting out of prison, you should know how to talk about your conviction during the interview process.

Aim for honesty

During an interview, you may not know whether you should divulge information about your criminal record or you should try and avoid it altogether. If an employer asks about your criminal record, do not be afraid to talk about your conviction.

Provide information about prison employment

If you held a job in prison, include this information when talking about your employment history. Highlight the skills you used and what you earned while working in this position.

Answer questions directly

When a potential employer asks you a question about your conviction or your criminal history, provide short and succinct answers. Avoid going into too much detail and try and focus the interview on your skills and capabilities, instead of your time in prison.

Prior to a job interview, you may feel nervous about what is to come but still hopeful that you will land the job. Dress professionally for the interview and try to remain calm and confident when you talk to potential employers about the job.

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